‘Have only the Gandhis suffered violence & loss?’

Priyanka Vadra nee Gandhi‘s visit to the Vellore jail in March to meet her father’s assassin Nalini Sriharan to come “to peace with the violence and loss that I have experienced” has generated acres of positive coverage. The media has highlighted the largeheartedness of the Gandhi family and their forgiving nature, but Sudheendra Kulkarni, the former media advisor to Vajpayee and Advani, isn’t impressed.

He writes in yesterday’s Indian Express:

“Has Priyanka, her brother or mother ever publicly commiserated with the bereaved members of the families of 1,255 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the IPKF operations in Sri Lanka and thus helped them “come to peace with violence and loss” that they too experienced as the result of a foolish and counter-productive decision taken by Rajiv Gandhi?

“Have they done the same with the bereaved kith and kin of those who lost their lives in the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage? Or, is it their belief that they alone have suffered “violence and loss” in this country? Or that their family is entitled to special privileges, both in life and in death?”

Read the full column: Why Priyanka’s visit is not personal